Brazil is a land that lends itself to tourism. Each year Brazil attracts 6 million tourists from its neighboring countries. For tourists, Brazil is both a tropical paradise and an exciting cultural destination with attractions for all tastes, from idyllic beach holidays and jungle explorations.
With arms outstretched 28 meters, as if to encompass all of humanity, the colossal Art Deco statue of Christ, called Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), gazes out over Rio de Janeiro.
The eight-meter base encloses a chapel that is popular for weddings. Although this is one of Brazil’s most readily recognized icons, it is often mistakenly called The Christ of the Andes, confused with the older statue marking the boundary between Argentina and Chile.
At the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet, the Iguazu river drops spectacularly in a semicircle of 247 waterfalls that thunder down into the gorge below. Some of the falls are more than 100 meters high and they cover such a broad area that you’ll never see all of them at once, but you do get the broadest panorama from the Brazilian side. Catwalks and a tower give you different perspectives, and one bridge reaches all the way to one of the largest, known as the Garganta do Diabo. Iguazu National Park, where subtropical rainforests are the home to more than 1,000 species of birds and mammals, including deer, otters, ocelots, and capybaras.
The crystal waters, tall palm trees, and broad stretches of silver sand are only a few of the reasons why Porto de Galinhas is frequently cited as Brazil’s best beach. The town stretches along the beach is laidback, colorful, and just the right blend of old-fashioned beach town fun and chic boutiques. Its hotels and resorts lie close to the land instead of soaring in high-rise blocks.
Sailboats will take you out to reef-top pools where brilliant tropical fish swim around your feet in the ankle-deep water. You can also take a boat to a lagoon where tiny seahorses swim, and you can scuba dive to explore impressive coral reefs or shipwrecks, kayak in the lagoons and estuary, or buy a fanciful kite from a beach kiosk to fly in the steady breeze. Nearby Maracaipe is popular with surfers.
Brazil and Argentina both claim to be South America’s barbecue champion. In Brazil, premium cuts are seasoned with no more than a liberal shake of coarse salt, before being grilled to pink perfection over charcoal. Home barbecues will see sausages, queijo coalho and chicken hearts sharing space on the grill, while in churrascarias, all manner of meats on skewers -from pork to lamb and wild boar -will be sliced by waiters straight onto your plate.
Pao de queijo:
Cheese and bread – two staple favorites the world over – are brought together in glorious union in Brazil’s pao de queijo, a moreish snack enjoyed at any time of day. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, the gluten-free bread rolls are made with tapioca flour, eggs, and grated curado minas cheese, rolled into small balls.